Family success . Gore designer Andre Johnston is congratulated by her parents, Viv and Graham Tamblyn, also of Gore, for winning the supreme award at the WoolOn Creative Fashion Event in Alexandra last weekend. Mrs Tamblyn was also a category winner in the event. PHOTO: PAM JONES

Gore designer Viv Tamblyn was the first to congratulate daughter Andre Johnston on winning the supreme award at last weekend’s WoolOn Creative Fashion Event – and she did not have far to go.

Mrs Tamblyn was standing on stage alongside Mrs Johnston, after the pair had already been named category winners in the Alexandra show.

Mrs Tamblyn won the streetwear section for her “Perfection in Pink” and Mrs Johnston won the handcrafted section for “For the Love of Spring”. Mrs Johnston was then named the supreme winner.

The delighted pair hugged on stage before Mrs Johnston accepted her award, saying she was “overwhelmed by the win”.

She had spent about 300 hours creating her winning garment, a one-shouldered drop hem dress featuring cross-stitch.

Mrs Johnston, who was the supreme winner at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards two years ago, said she took inspiration from overseas trends when developing her designs.

She said she worked hard to juggle her time designing with caring for her two young children, aged 6 and 8, and working at a jewellery store in Gore, but loved designing and creating garments, and loved working with wool.

Mrs Johnston, who has a Bachelor of Fashion and Design from the Otago Polytechnic, has been designing for about 20 years, having started sewing as a child, taught initially by her mother.

Mrs Tamblyn, also well known for winning categories in the Hokonui and WoolOn awards, won the supreme award at WoolOn last year.

She said she was “over the moon” about her daughter’s win.

“She’s put in so many hours, and she works so hard with her designing and her young family.”

(L)Fashion forward .. “Perfection in Pink”, by Viv Tamblyn, of Gore, is modelled in the WoolOn Creative Fashion Event in Alexandra last weekend. The garment won the streetwear category of the event. PHOTO: JANYNE FLETCHER (R) Original .. Gore designer Andre Johnston’s winning garment “For the Love of Spring” is modelled in the WoolOn Creative Fashion Event in Alexandra last weekend. The entry won the handcrafted category and was also the supreme winner. PHOTO: JANYNE FLETCHER


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